At 120 ft down, it's always a blue day!

This are shots from my first deep-water wreck dive.  Just off the coast of Miami, Florida, in 120 ft of water, is the wreck of the Ultra Freeze.  This ship was sunk in the summer of 1984 and I dove it in the following May, so it was in fantastic shape at the time.  In the electrical room, most of the fuses were still in the fuse boxes just waiting to become souvenirs for some future diver.

On August 24, 1992, hurricane Andrew came thru and ripped up the area, this 195 ft steel hulled ship was folded up into an L-shaped hulk.  I haven't been back to see it since '85.

The washed out blue-grey colors you see are not the result of bad photos.  At this depth this is actually what things look like unless you bring in artificial light.  As you go deeper in the ocean, the water filters out the light starting with the shorter wavelengths (reds), the deeper you go the more frequencies are lost to the water.  At 120 ft, blues are all that is left and even at noon only a dim haze of light makes it this far down.  By the way, this depth is near the maximum depth you can dive, on compressed air, before oxygen itself becomes toxic.

Looking out from an access hatch.

Adjusting my BC outside the bridge.

And finally, the page from my dive log for this particular dive.

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All images & text 2003 Phil Case